TSTI Weekly Email

Thursday, April 19, 2012
27 Nisan 5772
Dear Friends,
I write this as I am leaving a hospital after making a pastoral call.  While there, I heard stories from the day when Cantor Aronson ran the religious school.  As the stories were told and Cantor Aronson was mentioned, there were smiles and even some laughter.  I was reminded yet again of the remarkable impact Cantor has had during his 45 years at TSTI.

Two wonderful evenings celebrating him will be here before we know it.  The special Digital Commemorative Tribute Journal we are honoring him is live online and waiting for your remembrances and words of gratitude.  Your generosity will do so much–it will help us build and maintain this congregation to which Cantor Aronson has dedicated his professional life.  It will help ensure the musical legacy Cantor has shared over these many years.  If you have any questions about how to pledge your support and create your Journal entry online, please call the temple office.

Thank you in advance for honoring him in this way and for your, yet again, incredible generosity.  Click here to see the Tribute Book and how to add your support.

Rabbi Cohen

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Special Shabbat Service:  Join us tomorrow evening, Friday, April 20 at 7:30pm, for Shabbat Services during which we will mark both Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) through song and special congregational readings.  We will also have the privilege of hearing from Deborah Taffet, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and from Rabbi Arnold Zoref who played an active role in helping establish the State of Israel in 1948.


ROBOTS!  Who doesn’t like ROBOTS?!  Join us on Tues., May 22 at 7pm for a unique opportunity with Professor Amir Shapiro of Ben-Gurion University in Israel, an expert in robotics.  And he’s bringing some of his robots!  It promises to be a wonderful evening for kids and adults alike as we get to interact with the robots and learn about some of the many ways they have advanced the fields of industry, medicine and security.  A huge thank you to TSTI member Carla Boden for helping to bring this event to us.  Watch for further details.

SIGN UP NOW for the next Shabbat, Scholar and Supper:  Join us for Shabbat on Fri., April 27 to hear Stephen M. Berk, Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, NY, speak on Netanyahu and Obama: The Search for Peace.  Continue learning at the Shabbat dinner following services.  Registration and fee required for dinner.  $25 for members; $36 for non-members.  Please RSVP to Tracy Horwitzby April 21.The 35th Annual Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service will be observed in our community on Sun., April 22.  For details, click here.  If you would like to participate in the choir for this outstanding and important service, please contact Cantor Riki Lippitz.

TSTI Film Series:  See “For My Father” on Sun., May 6 at 7pm.  Moderated by Dr. Eric Goldman.  RSVP to Tracy Horwitz.

For more about these and other items, log on to 


Bring One:  Please bring one item – canned veggies, beans, pasta, peanut butter, soup – EACH TIME you come to Temple to help support our community and the Interfaith Food Pantry.IFP Soup Kitchen & Coordinator Needed:  TSTI will organize a hot meal for the IFP soup kitchen on the first Saturday of each month.  The next date is May 5.  There are many ways to be involved: provide food, provide paper goods, serve food, clean up – do it all or choose just one.  We welcome all participation.  If you have questions or are interested in participating or coordinating, please email Robin Greenberg.

Habitat Volunteers Needed:  TSTI volunteers are invited to help build a Habitat house on Sat., April 21.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Barbara Laub via email or at 973-763-8379 to reserve your spot. 

Transportation is available for congregants who need a ride to services and temple events.  Contact Alice Forman at (973)736-3467 if you need a ride or if you can offer a ride to others.


Visit our website at for information about our upcoming events

Women’s Connection Theater Outing:  Please join the Women’s Connection for a Theater Outing on Sun., May 20 to see the 3pm matinee of “Rated P for Parenthood”.  The cost is $49.50 for orchestra seats.  We will train to the city together.  Email to reserve a seat by April 15.


Parasha Shemini II

Leviticus 10:12-11:47 God instructs Aaron and his remaining sons not to drink any intoxicating drink before entering the Tent of Meeting so that they may always be able to distinguish between the “sacred and the profane” and the “pure and impure.” This parasha provides a lengthy description of dietary laws and laws regarding ritual purity.

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This email is as updated as possible.  However, Temple information is subject to change without notice.  For verification of any information, please call the Temple office at 973-763-4116 or visit


 Fri., April 20    Shabbat Service    7:30pmSat., April 21   Minyan Service     9:15am

Shabbat Service Celebrating the B’nai Mitzvah of Benjamin Saxl and Ethan Koehler 


Shabbat Service Celebrating the B’nai Mitzvah of Charles and Madeline Stern



Mon., April 23
Gates of Israel Meeting
Tues., April 24

Preschool Board Meeting

Wed., April 25

Jewish Meditation

Religious School Board Meeting



Share your family’s news with our Clergy and with members of Caring Community.  Please let us know of your family’s life cycle events or if you or someone you know is ill or in need of assistance from Temple.WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, BUT PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME THAT THE CLERGY HAS HEARD THE NEWS!  Contact Sunny Seglin at 973-763-4116 or click on:
Sunny Seglin, Cindy Sonnabend
or  Ellen Blake

Do you have a new address, phone number, email? Let us know so we can stay in touch.
Sending Tribute Cards lets someone know that you are thinking about them.

It‘s a beautiful way to acknowledge life cycle events, in celebration or in sympathy.  Please support the variety of TSTI funds.  Visit the Tributes web page, email or call 973-763-4116.

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